Judah Initiative

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Photo of the founding Rabbis of the Judah Initiative found by Sam in the Men of Letters files.

The Letters' file on them is sketchy, but, apparently, they were hard-core saboteurs.

Sam Winchester, 8.13 Everybody Hates Hitler


The Judah Initiative is a secret society of Rabbis which originated in Europe and was formed to fight the Thule Society. In Vitsyebsk, Belarus following the Nazi occupation in World War II, the Thule Society established a camp where they carried out terrible magical experiments on the Jewish people in attempts to reanimate the dead. Commander Eckhart devised the experiments and recorded the results in a a red ledger, which eventually lead to him being able to revive deceased members of the Thule Society.

The Judah Initiative in retaliation raised a Golem to destroy the camp, but Eckhart used magic and escaped, leaving the red ledger behind. In the years since the war, Rabbi Bass moved to the United States, bringing the Golem with him. He continued the work of the Judah Initiative by trying to find the red ledger. In his search he attempted to tell his children, and later his grandson, Aaron about the Thule Society and his work, but they believed them to simply be stories, and part of his coping with the horrors of the war.

At his bar mitzvah, Rabbi Bass gifted Aaron a book on how to manage a golem. Unfortunately Aaron used pages to roll a joint of marijuana. Upon Rabbi Bass' death, the Golem was bequeathed to Aaron who was unable to take full control of the creature.


8.13 Everybody Hates Hitler

Torvald, a member of the Thule Society, follows Rabbi Bass, eventually causing him to combust after he locates the red ledger. A large box arrives at Aaron Bass's home, and inside is the Golem of Vitsyebsk.

Aaron and his Golem team up with Sam and Dean and find the red ledger, and kill Eckhart and some of the Thule members. Sam and Dean offer to store the Golem at the Men of Letters Bunker but Aaron takes possession of it and vows to continue the work of his grandfather and the Judah Initiative.

12.05 The One You've Been Waiting For

The Winchesters contact Aaron Bass after suspecting they are dealing with the Thule Society again. Aaron tells them that he has taken up the Judah Initiative's work of wiping the Thule out with the help of the Golem and together, using the Thule ledger, they have wiped out half of the Thule membership.


  • Eckhart called them the "Sorcerers of Abraham." Abraham was a prophet and the father of Judaism.